Here is a versatile winter ear warmer. It is very easy to adjust both in circumference as well as the width, so you can easily make an ear warmer or a cute headband for yourself or for a young child.
I love the colors in the top view. They are cheerful and perfect for keeping you warm in the cold weather.
The first version of this ear warmer / headband is on the bottom right. It was crocheted in scrap yarns and works more like a headband. (For a child it could serve as an ear warmer.) It was done with one repeat of the established stitch pattern, but for a toddler you could omit the repeat for half the width if making a toddler headband.
The second version is the larger image on top and to the left. It was done with two repeats of the established pattern and works great as an ear warmer.
See the notes within pattern for instructions on the width.
You could also double or triple the stitch count for a cozy winter cowl. It’s really that simple to adjust. :) Other ear warmers to try include the criss cross crochet ear warmer pattern or the Charisma crochet ear warmer.
Beaded Stripes Winter Ear Warmer
Skill Level: Easy
Yarn: Worsted Weight #4 in 3 colors. I used Patons Canadianna
Crochet Hook: I/9-5.50mm
Gauge: 2″ over 7 sts.
Finished Size: 9″ by 3.5″
Crochet it to any length by increasing the starting chs in multiples of 2. Width is increased by doing more repeats of the pattern rounds.
It is shown on the mannequin at 3.5″. The bottom right image shows it at 2.5″, but could also be left at just 1.5″ for a skinny headband.
CA = Color A – Purple
CB = Color B – Green
CC = Color C – Blue
Bead St = Bead Stitch
Ch/Chs = Chain/Chains
Hk = Hook
Lp/Lps = Loop/Loops
Rep = Repeat
Sc = Single Crochet
Sl St = Slip Stitch
St/Sts = Stitch/Stitches
YO = Yarn Over
Notes & Special Stitch Instructions:
Bead St: Insert hk into indicated st, yo and pull through, (yo and pull through one lp on hk) twice, yo and pull through both lps on hk. When you work into the next stitch make sure the bobble is facing the right side.
Carry yarn up at each round to avoid unnecessary loose ends.
With CA, Loosely ch 60 (or any multiple of 2). Join with sl st to first ch being careful not to twist chs. Another Option: Instead of chs, make 60 Foundation Single Crochets. Then skip rnd 1 and begin at rnd 2.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, working into back bumps, sc in same ch as join and into each ch around; With CB, join with sl st to first sc. (60 sts)
Rnd 2: With CB, ch 1, sc in same st as join and into each st around; with CC, join with sl st in first sc. (60 sts)
Rnd 3: With CC, Ch 1, work bead st in same st as join, sc in next st, *bead st in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around; With CB, join with sl st to first bead st. (60 sts)
Rnd 4: With CB, Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in each st around; With CA, join with sl st to first sc.
Rnd 5: With CA, Ch 1, sc in same st as join and in each st around; With CB, join with sl st to first sc. For a narrow headband fasten off here. For a wider band continue with following instructions.
Rnds 6-9, (13): Repeat rnds 2-5 once or twice, and omitting the color change at last rnd. Fasten Off.